The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Tropical Storm Harvey breaks down shipping

Excerpts from Port Technology:

Catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to cause huge amounts of disruption to shipping after persistent rain and strong winds battered the US state of Texas after making landfall on Friday night (Agust 25, 2017).

Seaports in Houston and Corpus Christi will take almost a week to recover after […]


Mississippi port awaits word on whether Chiquita will stay

State port executives and union members are anxiously waiting to find out whether one of four anchor tenants, Chiquita Brands International Inc., plans to stay after its lease expires July 15.

Chiquita provides about 1/3 of the union’s annual man hours at the port, said Darius Johnson, president of the International Longshoremen Association, Local No. […]


Obama backs US ports for expanded Panama Canal

Obama said he had acted in Congress last year to speed up on the process of new port projects, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.

US President Barack Obama says the country’s ports will have to ready to handle larger vessels that will transit the expanded Panama Canal or risk losing business.

President Obama was […]


New Orleans port positioning to capture more cargo

The port recently spent $36 million on two new gantry cranes and a 4.5-acre marshalling yard that expanded its container-handling area to 115 acres. The site is anchored by the Napoleon Avenue Container Yard, completed in 2004. The port can now handle 640,000 20-foot equivalent units in container cargo per year.

Facility upgrades at The […]


NIT League Urges LaHood to Seek ILA-USMX Talks

The National Industrial Transportation urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to encourage the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance to resume talks on an East and Gulf Coast port labor contract.

The NIT League requested LaHood’s help “in strongly encouraging the two sides to get back to the bargaining table. Only as a last […]


Retailers fear port strike would stall holiday shipments

Retailers are antsy about the possibility of having to reroute cargo if ports such as Massport, above, close due to a strike.

From the Boston Herald:

A potential strike by longshoremen from Maine to Texas threatens to disrupt retailers’ shipments before the busiest shopping time of the year.

The National Retail Federation Monday called […]


Seattle, Tacoma ports will survive Panama Canal widening, USDOT boss says

Rather than pit regions against each other, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is […]


ADM, Cargill Shut Grain Elevators in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Isaac

Major grain-trading companies shut down grain elevators in Louisiana to take precautions as Tropical Storm Isaac advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) closed four elevators and its port operations in New Orleans, and rival Cargill Inc. said it was working on closing two elevators near the city.



ILA Contract Talks Break Down

From today’s Journal of Commerce:

Negotiations for a new International Longshoremen’s Association contract covering dockworkers at East and Gulf Coast ports broke down suddenly Wednesday, ILA spokesman James McNamara said.

McNamara said ILA President Harold Daggett broke off talks after USMX presented a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal and said management would not discuss continuing negotiations unless the […]


NS, KCS Launch US-Mexico 53-Foot Box Service

KC Southern's map of its cross-border shipping routes

From the Journal of Commerce:

Norfolk Southern Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway are expanding their intermodal rail service linking Mexico and the U.S. by offering a dedicated 53-foot container service, providing shippers with more flexibility and efficiency for inland distribution.

The TMX service connects KCS’s […]


Louisiana ports vie for shipments now coming through West Coast

From a recent article in the Times-Picayune:

Port officials want to build a container terminal on the Mississippi River to take advantage of anticipated traffic from the increased capacity of the Panama Canal in 2014, that will allow larger ships to traverse the canal than is currently the case.

Port officials envision moving container cargo […]


Down to Business for ILA, USMX

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce Magazine:

James Capo has been working for months to calm shippers’ concerns about the impending East and Gulf Coast longshore labor negotiations. The chairman and CEO of United States Maritime Alliance emphasizes that bargaining “is a process … You have to give it time.”

That process will begin this […]


All-water shipping from China to Port of Houston begins next month

An all-water service connecting Asia and Houston using the Panama Canal will begin operating April 29 from Shanghai, arriving in Port of Houston on May 28.

The Gulf of Mexico Express service will become the first such route from China to the port in nearly 10 years.

The run by COSCO Container Lines Americas, Inc., […]


Ships Collide Where Bayport and Houston Channels Meet

Container ship accident near Houston on October 31, 2011

At 9:47 a.m. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston received a report that the 782-foot container ship, MSC NEDERLAND, had collided with the 799-foot chemical tanker, ELKA APOLLON.

Three containers from the NEDERLAND have fallen onto the deck of the ELKA APOLLON. Some hydraulic fluid from one […]


3 protesters arrested at Port of Galveston

The misdemeanor arrests [on July 13] were made just west of where port workers were protesting a company they say used Houston laborers to unload a ship laden with steel slabs.

The ship was being unloaded by crews working for Superior Stevedoring Services, a Galveston company licensed in December to work on the […]